USF Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research

Significance: Neuromusculoskeletal disorders are among the most common health problems affecting populations globally and particularly those in the State of Florida. As the population ages, neuromusculoskeletal disorders are projected to become increasingly more burdensome for individuals and society. The management of chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders has become progressively more challenging as evidenced by the mounting socioeconomic costs, increasing disability, and associated loss of quality of life. Therefore, high impact research is needed to test innovative, promising, and non-invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for the functional limitations and loss of quality of life related emanating from these disorders.

Mission: The mission of the Center of Neuromusculoskeletal Research (CNMSR) of the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences (SPTRS), Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida (USF) is to conduct research for the prevention and management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders in order to reduce their burden within society. The vision of the CNMSR is to be recognized as the leader in transformational and innovative neuromusculoskeletal research for the State of Florida. The CNMSR utilizes evidence-based and interprofessional approaches that provide a model for research and clinical management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders with the potential of reducing the burden of these disorders. The CNMSR’s primary focus is “real world, real people” solutions for a society struggling with functional limitations and loss of quality of life related to neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

Contribution to the State of Florida: The CNMSR marks the first commitment of state funds to address the growing burden of neuromusculoskeletal disorders impacting Florida’s citizens. There is no similar center or institute in the Florida State University System that addresses our state’s needs related to neuromusculoskeletal disorders. The CNMSR will enable USF, SPTRS and the State of Florida to be a leader in promoting and optimizing the benefits of an evidence-based and collaborative approach to prevention and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders among its citizens, first responders, warfighters, and wounded warriors. The projected advancements through the center’s initiatives have the potential to substantially improve employability and reduce health care costs in the state.

Accomplishments: The CNMSR, which is in its first year of operations, is meeting its expected outcomes. Some of the notable accomplishments include: successful continuation of three DOD funded research studies to help our warfighters and wounded warriors; appointed key research personnel, including research administrators and a faculty research scientist to the CNMSR; facilitated completion of training for two clinical researchers (one at the Master’s level and one at the PhD level); submitted five competitive grant applications (4 federal, 1 professional trade association); developed study design for two clinical research projects with community involvement; demonstrated capacity to garner Florida industry support (MedX, FL) and secure Florida High-Tech Corridor funding matches for sponsored research.

Presently, the CNMSR is pursuing funding from multiple federal and non-federal sources to match pilot research projects. Additionally, non-profit foundations have expressed interest in supporting CNMSR research initiatives that align with their respective missions through matched sponsorship.

Personnel:

William S. Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM; Executive Director
John M. Mayer, DC, PhD, CCRP; Co-Director
M. Jason Highsmith, PT, DPT, PhD, CP, FAAOP; Co-Director

Contact Information:

Center for Neuromusculoskeletal Research
School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences
Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida
Campus Address: 3515 E. Fletcher Ave, Tampa, FL 33612
Mailing Address: 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 077
Phone 813-974-9863; Email wquillen@health.usf.edu